On Tuesday, the contentious Illinois Democratic Senatorial primary for the seat once held by President Barack Obama ended in a victory for treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. According to numerous news reports, those primary results may present an opening for Republicans to take that seat back this November.
In a New York Times article entitled "Illinois Senate Race Worries Dems Anew", the author wrote about how the primary results may spell trouble for the Democratic nominee this November. The article noted the following:
With four others on the ballot, Mr. [Alexi] Giannoulias won 39 percent of the Democratic vote... A little-known former federal prosecutor who had never run for office, David Hoffman, came within six percentage points of Mr. Giannoulias.
With much on the line here, including the symbolism of the president’s home state possibly slipping away, some Democrats were concerned that the party had played into the game plan of the Republicans, who chose Representative Mark Steven Kirk, a centrist-leaning suburbanite who hopes to appeal to the state’s independent voters and even some moderate Democrats.